Thursday, October 23rd, 2014
Magical Moment Observing Alaska Polar Bears

Polar Bear Sow and Cubs - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska TravelA sow and her two cubs take a nap along on the barrier islands near Barter Island along Alaska’s arctic coast. They are waiting for the sea ice to form again, so they can go back out to their natural habitat on the sea ice. We tend to forget that these bears are marine mammals, not terrestrial mammals, after all.

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Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Uncertain Future For Alaska's Polar Bears

Alaska Polar Bear Sow with Cubs -- Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska TravelAs cute as you think this picture may be, polar bears are not meant to be terrestrial mammals. They are marine mammals, and as such rely on the sea ice as critical habitat for their existence. As the sea ice continues to melt, polar bears are loosing their existential platform for survival.

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Monday, April 28th, 2014
Alaska Polar Bear Viewing And Photo Tours

I just uploaded a new video combining video footage, still photos and guest impressions from last fall’s Polar Bear viewing season with Wild Alaska Travel. Check it out yourself! Our Alaska Polar Bear Viewing and Photo Tours provide unmatched opportunities to see and photograph Alaska Polar Bears in the best Polar Bear viewing area in Alaska!

All our Polar Bear tours are scheduled to meet absolute prime conditions for Polar Bear Viewing in Alaska.

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Wednesday, December 25th, 2013
Season's Greetings

Seasons Greetings from Wild Alaska Travel - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska Travel

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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013
Tough Future For Alaska's Polar Bear Cubs

Alaska Polar Bear Sow With Cubs - Photo (c) Laurent Dick - Wild Alaska Travel

A polar bear sow and her two nine month old cubs wander around the barrier reefs near Barter Island in northern Alaska. The chances for a newborn to survive the first year is only 30%  because of environmental stress related to climate change as well as cannibalism and other factors. These cubs might make it!

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Monday, October 8th, 2012
Alaska Polar Bears – Barter Island

A couple of Polar Bears show try to impress each other on Barter Island near Kaktovik. What is equally impressive to me is all the logs laying around in this treeless place. The wood has traveled hundreds of miles down the Mackenzie River in Canada and then floated east along the Beaufort Sea coast to its present location.

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Thursday, October 4th, 2012
Alaska Polar Bears And Climate Change

Polar bears have evolved for a life on the sea ice, which they rely on for reaching their seal prey that sustains them. But the Arctic sea ice is rapidly diminishing due to a warming Earth, affecting the entire Arctic ecosystem, from copepods to seals to walruses and polar bears. Longer and longer ice-free seasons test the limits of the polar bears’ fat reserves. Who could have imagined such a scenario for these iconic and powerful predators just a few years ago?

 

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
Polar Bear Dance

A couple of Polar Bears wrestle along one of the barrier reefs near Kaktovik on Alaska’s Arctic coast. These bears are among a small group of around 80 – 90 bears which spend time on land, waiting for the sea ice to return. The ice pack is currently around 600 miles to the north, and about 90% of the Beaufort Sea Polar Bear population, numbered at around 1,500, is believed to have stayed within the confines of the ice pack.

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Monday, October 1st, 2012
Alaska Polar Bears Feeding On Bowhead Whale Remains

Alaska Polar Bears, their fur illuminated by the setting sun, feed on a bowhead whale carcass left by Inupiaq whale hunters near the village of Kaktovik last week. This fall, an unprecedented number of 80 Polar Bears were counted in Kaktovik in one single day! Although there isn’t much scientific proof yet, there’s little doubt in my mind that retreating sea ice causes more Polar Bears to spend time on land.

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